Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 12 Share on Twitter 2 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H1'ed 7/4/19

Democracy is Still Growing Up

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   11 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Rob Kall
Become a Fan
  (304 fans)
- Advertisement -

In the first American encyclopedia-- the Dobson Encyclopedia, printed between 1789 and 1798, which George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin all subscribed to, the entry for democracy is under 60 words and mostly refers to something the greeks did a few thousand years ago.

the entry for democracy in Dobson's Encyclopaedia. Letters that look like F are actually the letter
the entry for democracy in Dobson's Encyclopaedia. Letters that look like F are actually the letter 's.' I'm guessing that 'Basil' refers to Basel Switzerland.
(Image by Rob Kall)
  Details   DMCA

I'm guessing that the volume of the encyclopedia that included Democracy was published between 1791 and 1793, so fifteen to seventeen years after the revolution-- pretty early in terms of processing the idea of modern democracy, and about the same time as the French Revolution.

- Advertisement -

The thing is, we're still figuring out what democracy is. Today, we celebrate independence day. But democracy is a living, breathing phenomenon. That means it can still grow up in different ways and it means that it must be kept alive. It can't be kept for granted. We can still define what Democracy is and what it means to each of us individually and to our nation and the world, collectively.

I believe that Democracy must include respect for the individual but it must also consider the rights and obligations of us collectively as well. Democracy is certainly a bottom-up idea, perhaps one of the most important.

On this July fourth Independence day, think about what democracy means to you and how it can still grow as an emergent phenomenon, how it can get better, smarter and more meaningful to each of us and all of us together. And please share your thoughts in the comments.

- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 4   Must Read 3   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Rob Kall Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

more detailed bio: 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

(more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A Conspiracy Conspiracy Theory

Debunking Hillary's Specious Winning the Popular Vote Claim

Terrifying Video: "I Don't Need a Warrant, Ma'am, Under Federal Law"

Hillary's Disingenuous Claim That She's Won 2.5 Million More Votes is Bogus. Here's why

Ray McGovern Discusses Brutal Arrest at Secretary Clinton's Internet Freedom Speech

Cindy Sheehan Bugged in Denver

Comments Image Post Article Comment and Rate This Article

These discussions are not moderated. We rely on users to police themselves, and flag inappropriate comments and behavior. In accordance with our Guidelines and Policies, we reserve the right to remove any post at any time for any reason, and will restrict access of registered users who repeatedly violate our terms.

  • OpEdNews welcomes lively, CIVIL discourse. Personal attacks and/or hate speech are not tolerated and may result in banning.
  • Comments should relate to the content above. Irrelevant, off-topic comments are a distraction, and will be removed.
  • By submitting this comment, you agree to all OpEdNews rules, guidelines and policies.
          

Comment Here:   



You can enter 2000 characters. To remove limit, please click here.
Please login or register. Afterwards, your comment will be published.
 
Username
Password

Forgot your password? Click here and we will send an email to the address you used when you registered.
First Name
Last Name

I am at least 16 years of age
(make sure username & password are filled in. Note that username must be an email address.)

11 people are discussing this page, with 11 comments  Post Comment


Stan Crawford

Become a Fan
Author 511938

(Member since Aug 15, 2018), 1 fan, 156 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

American's need to wake up! .youtube.com/watch?v=EkL6LfGG62A


Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 12:18:43 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 

Paul from Potomac

Become a Fan
Author 41012
Follow Me on Twitter

(Member since Nov 1, 2009), 14 fans, 13 articles, 1 quicklinks, 591 comments, 3 diaries
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Rob, we must first define what we mean by "America" and then figure out whether we have something known as "Democracy". I doubt that we could reach agreement on the definition of either. The facts and figures of our place on the map belie and defy the standard definitions. What we work at as a profession reflect what we think of ourselves. E.g., about 18 million people are employed by the medical industry which has created the most inefficient system of health delivery in the world with arguably the worst outcomes at more than six times the average costs of other countries. We have about 17 million people focused on fossil fuels extraction and utilization which is now driving eight species per hour to extinction. We have about 19 million people involved with delivering arms and lethal military action at nearly 900 military depots around the planet. That means more than half of all American workers are dedicated to death and destruction. Is that Democracy? It most certainly is the core of defining America. You are correct. We need to grow up, but we may not be around to reach puberty.

Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 1:05:15 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (5+)
Help
 

Paul Cohen

Become a Fan
Author 1890

(Member since Jun 15, 2006), 3 fans, 59 articles, 26 quicklinks, 1188 comments, 12 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

The word-play between "republic" and "democracy" is as confusing as it is significant. I was surprised to read the other day that the word "democracy" does not appear in our Constitution. That surprised me because I recalled it appeared there in reference to how the state governments would be organized (democratically). On researching that recollection I found that indeed, what I was recalling incorrectly was the statement that the states would be organized as republics.


But I have heard that when the Constitution was drafted in 1786 the two words were used synonymously, a reasonable linking given the primitive state of transportation and communications in 1786. It would have been hard in those times to imagine another way to approach democratic rule than as a republic.


Today we generally do distinguish the two words as having distinct meanings, though I don't really know of any government that could be honestly described as a democracy; certainly none that are not also republics. Democracy, as understood today, is more an ideal than it is anywhere a reality.

Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 1:37:32 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 

Lance Ciepiela

Become a Fan
Author 14196
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Apr 4, 2008), 52 fans, 58 articles, 103 quicklinks, 4280 comments, 213 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Yes, indeed, those words gave birth to a nation, the United States, and of course, those words are engraved in #SolidGold in the psyche of the American people - that "the fupreme power is lodged in the hands of the people". Since those days the president and congress remain "mindful" - every two years all the members of congress are up for reelection and every four years the president needs to run for reelection and upon taking office they continue to raise their right hands and take an "Oath" of support to the Constitution, respectful as to where the "supreme power" resides. #IconicFlagRaising.

Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 2:53:20 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 

June Genis

Become a Fan
Author 52919

(Member since Aug 31, 2010), 6 fans, 2 articles, 34 quicklinks, 905 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

One thing democracy should never come to mean is "two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner". Democracy is NOT the same thing as Democratic Process. Democracy should never be used to justify the majority violating the rights of the minority which includes taking their stuff because the majority thinks that someone else needs it more or simply because they have the power to do so.

In contrast democratic process is following a group of rules that all parties have voluntarily agreed to abide by. The only recourse for failing to do so is expulsion from the group, not criminal prosecution.

Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 3:40:58 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 

Meryl Ann Butler

Become a Fan Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Jun 5, 2006), 83 fans, 597 articles, 1866 quicklinks, 5773 comments, 7 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

My ggg-grandfather, Hezekiah Harris, died in the Battle of Gettysburg in order that, as Lincoln said, "a government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Hezekiah was part of the 124th New York State Volunteer Regiment, nicknamed the "Orange Blossoms" for Orange County, which drew enough volunteers to fill ten companies. He died in a vicious battle at Devil's Den. The monument pictured below is at Gettysburg. At left: Hezekiah and his wife Catherine had one son.


(Image by Unknown Owner) Details DMCA

Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 3:41:16 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 

Carol Jackson

Become a Fan
Author 61962

(Member since Mar 25, 2011), 2 fans, 718 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

What Lincoln alluded to in the 1860s' was happening because the Civil war brought about massive industrialization with heavy emphasis on war materials and war activities. Eisenhower referred to this condition 100 years later, but then it was too late as the MIC had become a powerful and essentially unstoppable machine. And so here we are today, we are prisoners of the Frankenstein monster which we ourselves have created. There is a way out, but courage and foresight are required, and that's in short supply these days.

Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 6:24:16 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (3+)
Help
 

Michael Dewey

Become a Fan
Author 11470
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Feb 15, 2008), 19 fans, 20 articles, 6 quicklinks, 3450 comments, 17 diaries
Facebook Page Twitter Page Linked In Page Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Depends on how many Treaties we broke with the Red Man? Too bad that white man did not recognized "The Promised Land" for what it was. Sad the good news of the gospel was trampled upon this land. It's fruits look to have caused WW 1 AND 2. Guess France sent the Stature of Liberty a bit early. Well, they had lived by "Christian Dogma" without seeing how wrong they were, but had hoped in vain for Liberty.


(Wish could explain that karma of reaping what sown better but tough to do.)

Submitted on Friday, Jul 5, 2019 at 10:43:12 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

Maxwell

Become a Fan
Author 4952

(Member since Feb 15, 2007), 2 fans, 4114 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

One of the most essential ingredients in any successful system where all citizens have a voice in how the government is run--whether it is called a "democracy" or a "republic"-- is information to base wise decisions upon. That information is seriously compromised today. In our system it appears that those who can disseminate the most disinformation win. Uninformed voters are used as pawns. Policies are designed to appeal to emotions, not reality.

Submitted on Friday, Jul 5, 2019 at 2:28:23 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

Jerry Lobdill

Become a Fan
Author 4979
Follow Me on Twitter
(Member since Feb 17, 2007), 24 fans, 40 articles, 108 quicklinks, 3156 comments, 23 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Our democracy has been hijacked by the 0.1%. The US Congress has failed to justify their decision to not impeach and convict a rogue President, opting instead to ignore the precedent-setting ramifications of this action. Trump's violations are many, and both houses are putting politics and power before all else. This should not be their option.


We are in extreme danger of destroying the only check and balance against dictatorship as a result of this.

Submitted on Friday, Jul 5, 2019 at 2:53:26 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 

Richard Girard

Become a Fan
Author 149

(Member since Feb 27, 2006), 42 fans, 164 articles, 1 quicklinks, 747 comments, 5 diaries
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Remember Thomas Paine and his writings, especially The Rights of Man, Part 2. The reason the reactionaries excoriate Paine is he was so far ahead of his time, as well as the thinking of humanity. He was the ur-Democratic Socialist, proposing a Socialism from the bottom up, not the top-down Socialism of Karl Marx. Democratic Socialism is the Idea of one of our Founding Fathers, and should be celebrated by all real Americans.

Submitted on Friday, Jul 5, 2019 at 8:32:30 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment